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Raphael Varane wins a header against Atalanta. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

Raphael Varane wins a header against Atalanta. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

Raphael Varane wins a header against Atalanta. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

Manchester United defender Raphael Varane is expected to be sidelined for up to a month with a hamstring injury.

The France international only returned to the United side in Saturday’s victory over Tottenham after a lay-off following a groin problem sustained in the Nations League final.

But the 28-year-old was forced off in the first half of Tuesday’s Champions League draw at Atalanta and United have confirmed the extent of the World Cup winner’s injury.

"The club confirms that Raphael sustained a hamstring injury, which is expected to keep him out of action for around a month," read a United club statement.

"The centre-back was withdrawn during the first half of the game in Bergamo, with Atalanta leading 1-0. He was replaced by Mason Greenwood and the Reds went on to secure a valuable point against the Serie A side courtesy of a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo.

"We’d like to wish Raphael all the best as he works on his recovery."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Manchester City on Saturday before another international break, after which they travel to Watford, Villarreal and Chelsea before the end of the month.

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